'Living While Feminist' — podcast now live

13 April 2020 - 13:11
'Living While Feminist: Our Bodies, Our Truths', edited by Jen Thorpe.
'Living While Feminist: Our Bodies, Our Truths', edited by Jen Thorpe.
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With the postponement of the in-person launches of Living While Feminist, several of the contributors pulled together virtually to bring you a special delivery. We compiled their WhatsApp voicenotes into this podcast, where you'll get to hear readings from various authors, the inspiration behind their contributions and much more.

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Living While Feminist will be available in all good bookstores when lockdown is over and is available as an e-book via Amazon, Takealot, Kobo and Snapplify.

‘The power of structural violence is that it tries to silence us. The power of feminism is that it gives us a voice.’

So much of our life experience is filtered through our bodies — norms, myths, and cultural standards continue to shape the way that we and the world feel about our bodies and how we see ourselves.

Feminism says these rules are b***s***. Our bodies can be tools for conformity or resistance. Feminism helps us learn and unlearn things about ourselves and the world we live in. Feminism is for all of us, for every single body.

This collection takes us from an examination of skin and hair, to an exploration of pleasure, sex, and safety. It considers the way our bodies change, our health, and how we become who we are. It questions the way that institutions can trap us, how we can trap ourselves, and the importance of our hearts in all of this.

Bold and honest, these writings ask questions more than they try to force answers. This book reminds us that feminism is dynamic, open, and ever relevant.

Writing by Desiree Lewis, Mishumo Madima, Tiffany Kagure Mugo, Dawn Garisch, Nobantu Shabangu, Helen Moffett, M.A. Warden, Nyx McLean, Noah Sloman, Srila Roy, Owethu Makhathini and others.